Baseball’s slogan of “If You Build It, They Will Come” may become recognizable as a line of one of the greatest movies to ever be made, but in football sense, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” chances here, the NFL awarding a Super Bowl.
That was recently true with the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, securing the rights for Super Bowl LII, come February 2018.
Once again, it’s a second year stadium becoming center attention for the big game. And it’s a continuing trend.
Let’s review NFL stadiums opening-up one year, then getting the Super Bowl come year two. First, Reliant Stadium in Houston, dawning for the expansion Texans in 2002, hosting Super Bowl XXXVIII the following year, Patriots over the Panthers.
Then came Super Bowl XLII, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. A stadium that opened for the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 and in February of 2008 featured the most memorable of the modern Super Bowls, perhaps the most memorable of all, with the New York Giants denying the Patriots a perfect season.
Jerry Jones did not get his wish as AT&T Stadium (then Cowboys Stadium) was awarded Super Bowl XLV in the 2010 season, the second for this NFL palace. Sure this palace hosted the Super Bowl, but not Jones’s Cowboys. The Packers defeated the Steelers.
Sandwiched between the stadiums of Glendale (this season) and Houston (2016 season) hosting their second Super Bowls comes Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California. This season marks the first year the 49ers will take to its turf and when the Super Bowl hits 50 next year, this will become its home.
In all, including Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XXVI in January of 1992 at the Metrodome, won the Redskins over the Bills, five second-year NFL Stadiums will have achieved the rights to the annual sports spectacular on Earth.
This has shown that the league likes to welcome new venues with a bang and also reward teams for not making the NFL look bad by having teams relocate
I guess the next question we should ask, how about six perhaps. The Falcons are slated to move into a new facility in 2018, what about Super Bowl LIII in February of 2019 in Atlanta?